KARACHI: Customs Quetta as part of a crackdown underway against smuggled fuel and vehicles, raises a number of car showrooms housing non custom paid vehicles and recovered a number of luxury vehicles.
Collector Quetta Ashraf Ali formed special anti smuggling teams under the supervision of Additional Collector Zubair Shah and Deputy Collector Maqbool Baloch to root out the menace. The crackdown was launched on the directives of FTO.
The teams raided several showroom in the crowded areas of the city. These showrooms are the hub of vehicles smuggling and a number of dealers conduct their illegal business from these showrooms. An official said the trade of smuggled vehicles was on its peak and scores of vehicles were smuggled into the country through unfrequented routes.
Sources said money made through smuggling was the prime source of funding terrorists and antisocial elements. Even these smuggled vehicles can be directly used in terrorist activities.
The official said unscrupulous elements were taking advantage of meagre staff of Customs, vast area of the province and two annexed borders with Iran and Afghanistan spread across thousands of miles. Deputy Collector Maqbool Baloch and SSP Naseebullah led the raids. FC and local police extended all cooperation to the Customs authorities.
Collector Ashraf Ali has appreciated the efforts of Zubair Shah, Maqbool Baloch and rest of the team including Superintendents Maqsood Durrani, Naimat Kakar, Inspectors Shahzad Akhtar, Naseer Shaheen, Ahmad Nawaz Zehri, Masroor Mengal, Yousaf Notezai, Essa Khan, Shabbir Khan, Asghar Kakar and Ghulam Hussain Khoso and others.